State Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw will become the City of Falls Church’s new state senator if the majority redistricting proposal is adopted in Richmond next week.
The Democratic plan for the Senate, where Democrats are the majority, and the Republican plan for the House of Delegates, where the GOP is in charge, were unveiled this week in advance of the reconvening of the legislature to process the redistricting, developed in response to the U.S. 2010 Census. According to what most likely will happen, State Del. Jim Scott will continue to represent Falls Church in his 53rd District, while Saslaw will take over the City as his 35th District is redrawn to take Falls Church from the 31st State Senate District, currently represented by Mary Margaret Whipple, who will not seek re-election in November. Sources have told the News-Press Tuesday that Rep. Jim Moran’s 8th U.S. Congressional District will continue to represent Falls Church, while Rep. Gerry Connolly’s 11th District will gain areas around Lake Barcroft, giving it stronger Democratic voter demographics.